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CASE NAME:United States v. Jose Tecum
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Jose Tecum, Maria Tecum
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DOCKET NUMBER:No. 01-10822-JJ
SOURCE:Bloomberg, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2000
YEAR OF VERDICT:2001
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Middle District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Guatemala
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry, Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Kidnapping
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1201
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:108
THIRD CHARGE:Alien Smuggling
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:108
FOURTH CHARGE:Alien Harboring
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:False Representation Before Judge
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1623
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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CORE TERMS:Also, Conspiracy to Counterfeit and Use Official Documents, in violation of 18 USC 1546
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:108 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$568
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:48 Fed. Appx. 739 (11th Cir. 2002)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Afffirm in Part and Vacate in Part
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:Defendant Jose Tecum kidnapped a young Guatemalan woman from her family home in a remote village in Guatemala, and smuggled her across the US-Mexico border. He threatened to murder her or any of her family members if they tried to stop him, and also used witchcraft threats to scare her into submission. Before leaving Guatemala, while Jose Tecum and his victim were at Defendant's house along with the victim's newborn baby, the baby died because Defendant denied medical attention to the baby.
After they entered the US, Defendant Jose Tecum forced her to do agricultural work in California, and then transported her to his home in Florida, where his wife Maria Tecum and their three children resided. The victim was forced there to be Jose Tecum's sexual slave and to do domestic and agricultural work. In Florida, Defendant Jose Tecum obtained false identification and immigration documents for the victim.
Approval Status:Approved
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